The next-gen console wars are about to begin, and Microsoft is touting the hardware capabilities of the Xbox Series X. The company allowed a handful of folks to go hands-on with the machine, including tech vlogger Austin Evans, who gives us our best look yet at the internals and tech powering the new game system.
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Want a bargain price on an excellent portable computer system? Look no further than this refurbished Microsoft Surface Pro 4. This 2017 model has a sharp 12.3″ PixelSense touchscreen display, 256GB of SSD storage, and a zippy Core i5 processor. It comes loaded with Windows 10 pro, and has a built-in kickstand.
Microsoft’s next-gen console, the Xbox Series X is all about power and speed. With an AMD Zen 2 CPU and high-end GPU with ray-tracing, it’s designed to support 4K games at 60fps, and 8K is possible. An SSD means quick load times, and backwards compatibility will support games from Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.
Microsoft is betting big on multiscreen devices in with its upcoming Windows 10X operating system. One of the first devices to support the tech the Surface Neo, a tablet with dual 9″ screens, and the ability to convert into a small notebook computer with a keyboard and small secondary information display. Available late 2020.
A group of interns working at Microsoft wanted to say thanks to the company that gave them a home for the summer and something good for their resumes. But what do you give the company that’s got everything – and on an intern’s budget? You put on a Broadway show, that’s what!
No, you’re not looking at actual 4K aerial footage here – this is in-engine imagery from the next-generation version of Microsoft’s famed Flight Simulator. The game uses satellite data, along with Azure AI tech to power its incredibly realistic flying. Coming to Xbox in 2020.
Microsoft turned up at E3 2019 not with an actual new console, but with a description of what they’re working on. The next-gen system will support up to 8K resolution, 120fps, real-time ray tracing, packs a custom SSD to reduce load times, and will play thousands of titles from prior-gen Xboxes. Drops late 2020.
While Excel is a great tool for calculations, it’s also a wonder at crunching data and analyzing it. Learn to get the most out of the spreadsheet with this online training covering data manipulation, analytics, and visualization. Another great deal from The Awesomer Shop.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud is an upcoming video game streaming service that will allow people to play Xbox One games on their PC, tablets or phones. It will work with the Xbox One controller and supports streaming via 4G connections. Public tests will begin in 2019.
Microsoft improves its premium all-in-one PC. It’s faster, and the Surface Studio 2’s 28″, 4500 x 3000 resolution touchscreen display is now brighter and has more contrast. Its storage maxes out with a 2TB SSD, while its GPU can be either a GTX 1060 or a GTX 1070.
Xbox and Make-A-Wish’s Consoles for Kids charity auction lets you bid for one-of-a-kind autographed and custom painted Xbox One X consoles, each one signed by a celebrity or game developers. All of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. The auction runs until 10/3/18.
Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.
Quick Look is one of the most useful features on Macs, letting you preview a file’s content just by pressing the spacebar while you’re on a Finder window. Paddy Xu’s QuickLook imports the exact same feature to Windows 10. It works with both documents and media files.
The Surface Hub 2 was designed to help teams collaborate and communicate. It’s a PC with a 4K 50.5″ touchscreen display that can be used in landscape or portrait. Up to four Hub 2s can be connected to each other, and multiple Windows users can log in to access their files.
Microsoft Research shows off a tabletop mat that uses capacitive sensors and near-field communication (NFC) to detect the shape and position of objects, as well as touch, and gestures above its surface. It could be used for interactive games and other tangible interfaces.
Business Casual simplifies one of the most infamous tales in Silicon Valley. In the early ’70s, Xerox came up with a user-friendly way to interact with computers. But now Apple and Microsoft are the kings of PCs. Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates really steal their idea?
Costing just as much as the standard Xbox One X, the console’s limited Project Scorpio Edition has a graphic pattern on the exterior and “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and the included controller. It also comes with an exclusive vertical stand.
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